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Re: [Bug-gnulib] new modules: getdomainname and xgetdomainname

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] new modules: getdomainname and xgetdomainname
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 13:28:36 +0200
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Simon Josefsson wrote:

> +/* Put up to LEN chars of the domain name into NAME.
> +   Null terminate it if the name is shorter than LEN.
> +   Return 0 if ok, -1 if error.  */
> +extern int getdomainname(char *name, size_t len);

This is insufficient documentation. There are three notions of "domain name",
each serving a different purpose:

  - The NIS (new word for YP) domain name. This used by tools for
    administration of NIS, NIS+. Applications shouldn't call this
    directly; instead they should use the usual <pwd.h>, <grp.h> API
    for this stuff.

  - The difference between the fully qualified host name and the
    short host name. What is this useful for?

  - The difference between the HOST part of email addresses address@hidden
    and the short host name of the machine. This is not generally
    useful, because nowadays many email addresses don't carry the
    machine's name in them. (My machine's name is neither 'clisp' nor

getdomainname(). according to the glibc sources, is the NIS domain

Btw, the Linux /bin/hostname program (not the coreutils one) returns
the first one via "hostname -y" and the second one via "hostname -d".
The email address of a user can be determined through the "user-email"
program which is part of GNU gettext.

> What do you think?  I noticed that I had been using getdomainname()
> for a while

What have you been using it for? Are you maintaining the 'ypcat' program?


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